Aug 14th, 2015
Author: Cocoon Web Design
One of the biggest obstacles when it comes to fitness is motivation. It is so important to find something that captures your attention and fits your needs in order to stay on track with your fitness goals. There is always something new coming out or some trend making a comeback in the fitness world but before you jump into something new, wether it be the latest workout equipment or a new type of class, it is important to make sure you ask yourself if it’s right for you. Here is a list of a some of a few things gaining more attention in the fitness world.
1. Wearable Fitness Trackers
These devices are not a new concept, however with the increase in technological advances and the data they can provide, their popularity has grown. They are capable of tracking anything from your daily step count, to your heart rate, to your sleep efficiency and more.
Pros-These devices can be a great motivational tool. Setting a goal for yourself of a 15,000 steps a day and seeing you’re just shy of that number can motivate you to move a little more than you would if you didn’t have that information. Some people even have competitions with friends and family on who can reach the most amount of steps in a given amount of time. If you’re looking for extra motivation I would recommend one of these products.
Cons-The problem with these trackers are they can be inaccurate. For example, these trackers use a specific equation to determine your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) using factors such as your age, weight, height and determines how many calories your body burns based in the average person. This does not include personal information such as fitness activity, prescription meds, genetics, etc.. Without incorporating these factors, the best these trackers can determine is an estimate BMR. Some studies have shown them to be off by over 200 calories a day.
2. Aerial Yoga
This is a type of yoga that uses a fabric hammock that allows you to complete traditional yoga moves, sometimes suspended in the air.
Pros-This type of yoga can be very beneficial in that it allows you to perform several positions without compressing the spine or putting pressure on the joints. It also allows people to perform inversion positions easier, increasing blood flow to the head, which is good for the thyroid and pituitary gland.
Cons- Although this seems like a fun class you can take with your friends while getting a great workout, it should also be avoided by people with some medical issues. Those with heart disease, blood pressure problems, vertigo, or those who may be pregnant should avoid aerial yoga.
3. Trampoline Workouts
The use of mini trampolines, or Rebounding, is increasing in popularity. Classes are popping up in gyms everywhere and you can also buy one for your at home workout routine. There can be great benefits from this type of workout, but it also has its drawbacks.
Pros-Studies have shown that a 10 minute jumping session can be as good for you as a 25-30 minute jog with less impact on the bones and joints. It is beneficial for strength, stability, coordination, circulation and cardiovascular health. You’ll also have a great time working out.
Cons- Jumping on a trampoline may not be a good idea for those with balance issues and cannot withstand the weight of someone who is obese. Also, because of the popularity if this workout routine, you can find very cheap trampolines that are made poorly. Make sure that if you purchase one that you get a good quality product, otherwise you could face some serious injuries.
There will always been new ways to stay fit, as well as old methods with a new face lift. Staying active and healthy efficiently, while having fun is an important way to stay motivated and on track. Just make sure when picking what’s right for you that you do your research and pick it based on your needs, interests and limitations, not based on what is trending.
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